Similar to prior years, these rankings are based on a combination of predicted production, talent, and impact on team success. This is my early list for the top 100 college basketball players for the 2020-2021 season.
1. Luka Garza (Sr. C, Iowa)
23.9 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.8 bpg
Garza is the sole returning first-team All-American. He brings that methodical, efficient low-post game back to Iowa where he also hit 39 threes as a junior. Expect plenty of double teams and more 20/10 double-doubles for the early favorite for National Player of the Year.
2. Jared Butler (Jr. G, Baylor)
16.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.1 apg
Butler is a long-range expert that shoots the three off the dribble as well as any player in the country. A third-team All-American, Butler returns as a two-way guard capable of leading Baylor to the Final Four.
3. Cade Cunningham (Fr. G, Oklahoma State)
The 6-foot-7 point guard would be the top pick in the 2020 draft if eligible. Cunningham is a big playmaker that does everything on the floor, from scoring off the bounce to rebounding to defending multiple positions. He will be must-see TV for the Cowboys.
4. Ayo Dosunmu (Jr. G, Illinois)
16.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.3 apg
Dosunmu plays with great pace and excels at getting into the paint or hitting pull-ups. Adding a consistent three-point shot would make Ayo unstoppable (and reassure some NBA teams). But he is a master from 10-to-15 feet and has a reputation as one of the top closers in America.
5. Marcus Zegarowski (Jr. G, Creighton)
16.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 5.0 apg
Back at full strength, Zegarowski will carry a heavy load as a true point guard that will be asked to be more aggressive as a scorer. That shouldn’t be a problem for a player that shot nearly 50 percent from the field and over 40 percent from three.
6. Evan Mobley (Fr. F, USC)
Mobley has uncharacteristic mobility and ball skills for a 7-footer. He will be an excellent rebounder and rim protector that USC can play through offensively even as a freshman.
7. Corey Kispert (Sr. F, Gonzaga)
13.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.1 apg
Kispert has been a mainstay for the Zags, expanding his game to complement his shooting prowess (43.8% from three). He is a physical defender that can get his own shot or set up his teammates. As a featured option for Mark Few, Kispert could be the best player in the WAC.
8. B.J. Boston (Fr. F, Kentucky)
There is a whole lot of Brandon Ingram in Boston’s game. He is long, wiry, and a prolific scorer from all three levels. On a team that will start at least four freshmen, Boston will have a chance to be a leader on the stat sheet and in the locker room.
9. Garrison Brooks (Sr. F, North Carolina)
16.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.0 apg
After a breakthrough junior year that led to first-team All-ACC honors, Brooks is an established post presence. Not only will he give the Heels a regular interior outlet, but he has the intangibles that will set an example for a young team. You know what to expect from Brooks in big games.
10. Scottie Barnes (Fr. F, Florida State)
Barnes will act as a point forward for a Florida State team that is lacking a true point guard. Thankfully, the freshman is very comfortable pushing in transition and balancing scoring with playmaking. He is a special talent that will pay huge dividends for Leonard Hamilton.
11. Marcus Garrett (Sr. G, Kansas)
9.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.6 apg
Arguably the top defender in the country, Garrett can lock up any position on the floor. Look for him to settle into a primary playmaker role where his vision should allow him to flourish. Garrett does whatever is needed to win.
12. Aaron Henry (Jr. F, Michigan State)
10.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.9 apg
Henry had big expectations as a sophomore and started to find his groove towards the end of the year. He is a solid all-around wing that has star potential. No Cassius Winston means Henry will need to stay in attack mode at all times.
13. Keyontae Johnson (Jr. F, Florida)
14.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.6 apg
One of the bright spots on the Gators last year, Johnson was terrific scoring in traffic and crashing the glass. He improved his efficiency from the perimeter while increasing his volume. The All-SEC forward is set to have another big year fueled by his energy and tenacity.
14. Remy Martin (Sr. G, Arizona State)
19.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.1 apg
Martin was a serious candidate to go pro, but returns as one of the top guards in the country. Quick and shifty, Martin gets wherever he wants on the floor. His tough shot-making is a key trait, but the improved supporting cast should free him up for more one-on-one situations.
15. Terrence Clarke (Fr. F, Kentucky)
The talent is through the roof with Clarke. But he also has the toughness that you need to succeed as a freshman in the SEC. Already an elite slasher and finisher, Clarke will be one of the top scorers in the conference if his jumper is falling.
16. Jalen Suggs (Fr. G, Gonzaga)
Gonzaga is known for their talented frontcourts. Suggs is the first top guard recruit to commit to the Zags. He is a natural leader that is going to blow people away with his composure in big moments. Suggs is a show time athlete that understands how to control pace.
17. Jalen Johnson (Fr. F, Duke)
The Blue Devils are young again, with a number of promising underclassmen. Johnson may be the best of them all, at 6-foot-8 with a strong frame and soft touch. More of a three than four, he could lead Duke in scoring, rebounding, and blocks. His open court creativity is a big plus.
18. McKinley Wright (Sr. G, Colorado)
14.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 5.0 apg
Wright has been under-the-radar despite three years as one of the top guards in the Pac-12. Everything you want in a point guard, Wright brings. He will defend, orchestrate an offense, and hit big shots. His numbers have been eerily steady, but I anticipate a nice scoring boost as a senior.
19. Collin Gillespie (Sr. G, Villanova)
15.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.5 apg
Gillespie’s time as the next great Villanova guard is here. He was second-team All-Big East as a junior and shined as the top playmaker. I love his scrappiness and ability to hit outside shots. Gillespie is the clear leader with championship experience heading into his senior season.
20. Sam Hauser (Sr. F, Virginia)
*18-19 at Marquette* 14.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.4 apg
Hauser sat out as a transfer but may have been the best player at Virginia practices. At 6-foot-8, he is one of the best shooters in the country (career 44.5% from three). You can run him off pindowns or let him attack off spacing. The multi-faceted forward will be an All-ACC player.
21. Wendell Moore Jr. (So. F, Duke)
7.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.9 apg
Moore Jr. is a jack-of-all-trades. He is a unique player with versatility as a defender and ideal athleticism to get to the rim offensively. As a “veteran” on this Duke team, he could see his scoring nearly double.
22. Oscar Da Silva (Sr. F, Stanford)
15.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.5 apg
Da Silva starred as a small-ball five, exploiting mismatches on a nightly basis. He should stay in that role and carry more responsibility without Tyrell Terry. Da Silva’s 6-foot-10 frame gives him an advantage with his combination of agility, ball-handling, and skills.
23. Jalen Crutcher (Sr. G, Dayton)
15.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.9 apg
Crutcher emerged on the scene nationally as a premier floor general. Crutcher is perfect for Anthony Grant’s system, setting up teammates off the dribble and creating shots beyond the arc. He rarely turns the ball over and plays with a grit that is infectious for the rest of the team.
24. Ochai Agbaji (Jr. G, Kansas)
10.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.0 apg
The Jayhawks need the most improvement from Agbaji. Shooting and slashing have been skills that the junior continues to develop. His defensive upside is there as well. There is no reason why Agbaji shouldn’t be the top scorer for Kansas.
25. Kihei Clark (Jr. G, Virginia)
10.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.9 apg
Don’t let the diminutive size fool you. Clark is as tough and relentless as they come, hounding ball-handlers and scoring over size in the paint. The 5-foot-9 point guard gets everyone involved offensively and is fearless on both ends. Another All-ACC season near the top of the league in assists is expected.
26. Jordan Goodwin (Sr. G, Saint Louis)
15.5 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 3.1 apg
You won’t find many guards pulling down 10 rebounds in a game, let alone average that. Goodwin plays bigger than his height and has plus athleticism to boost. He can fill it up in transition or off straight-line drives. Goodwin is also a tremendous on-ball defender.
27. Franz Wagner (So. G, Michigan)
11.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.0 apg
Now bulked up to 220 pounds and standing at 6-foot-9, Wagner will have the strength to complement his pro-ready skills. Wagner has a smooth outside shot and plays with an attitude. You will see more creativity off the dribble and contact finishes. It will be a scary sight for the rest of the Big Ten.
28. Chris Smith (Sr. G, UCLA)
13.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.6 apg
Smith’s return was crucial for UCLA and the Pac-12 as a whole. He is a gifted wing that has a knack for finding his way to the basket. Smith is still just scratching the surface of his talent after winning the Pac-12 Most Improved Player.
29. Terrence Shannon Jr. (So. G, Texas Tech)
9.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.0 apg
Look for a Jarrett Culver-type leap for Shannon as a sophomore. There were games where he looked like a first-round talent. With Davide Morretti leaving, Shannon’s activity and finishing will be on full display. His jump shot is the missing piece, but Shannon is a freak athlete with an impact on both ends.
30. Oscar Tshiebwe (So. F, West Virginia)
11.2 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.0 bpg
An old school big with a developing face-up game, Tshiebwe is a monster in the paint. He is automatic from 10-feet and in and is showing more range on his jumper. Even in short bursts, Tshiebwe is going to be the best big in the Big 12.
31. Joe Wieskamp (Jr. G, Iowa)
14.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.6 apg
Wieskamp sometimes got lost in Luka Garza’s shadow. Not only is he a great shooter at 6-foot-7, but he has become a complete scorer that can put it on the floor. Wieskamp may be the best long-term prospect in Iowa City.
32. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (So. F, Villanova)
10.5 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 1.9 apg
He is a high-motor double-double threat who can face-up or roll to the rim. Robinson-Earl has the explosiveness to truly dominate games on the glass and in transition. With Saddiq Bey gone, he should emerge as a force in the Big East.
33. Jalen Harris (Jr. G, Nevada)
21.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.9 apg
Harris is a heady 6-foot-5 lead guard that is constantly putting pressure on defenses. His versatility and shot-making make Nevada games interesting.
34. Nate Reuvers (Sr. F, Wisconsin)
13.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.9 bpg
After a breakout year, Reuvers is on track to be the focal point of a top-10 team. Not many 6-foot-11 players can protect the rim, shoot the three, and score so effectively on the block like Reuvers.
35. Scottie Lewis (So. G)
8.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.2 spg
It never clicked offensively for Lewis. Instead of going pro, he is back to make a statement. Lewis is a defensive stalwart who will show why he was a five-star recruit a year ago. With an improved handle, he will score in bunches off rim attacks and transition alone.
36. Kofi Cockburn (So. C, Illinois)
13.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.4 bpg
Cockburn is a man amongst boys, even against top competition. His power on the low block is unmatched and typically leads to dunks or free throws. With a slimmer frame, improved mobility, and more comfort shooting jumpers, Cockburn will be an anchor for the Illini.
37. AJ Green (Jr. G, Northern Iowa)
19.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.0 apg
Green has a great feel for the game and natural scoring instincts. The reigning MVC Player of the Year is a tough cover that can regularly hit contested pull-ups.
38. Trayce Jackson-Davis (So. F, Indiana)
13.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.2 apg
The appeal of the former five-star forward comes with his length and touch. Indiana will play through him again, which should allow Jackson-Davis to push for 20 points and 10 rebounds a night.
39. Terry Taylor (Sr. F, Austin Peay)
21.8 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 1.4 apg
The Mountain West POY can play multiple positions and leans on his motor and athleticism for production. One of the top returning rebounders in the country, Taylor is a long and strong wing who plays with tremendous activity.
40. Timmy Allen (Jr. F, Utah)
17.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.0 apg
Allen is an all-around combo forward that quietly had one of the best years in the Pac-12. He can fill it up, doing most of his damage inside the arc. Utah will rely on Allen to produce the majority of their offense.
41. Matthew Hurt (So. F, Duke)
9.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 39.3% 3PT
Hurt lived up to his reputation as a stretch four and comes back as the top returning scorer at Duke. But he was inconsistent and struggled defensively to stay on the floor. He is so efficient and skilled offensively that he should be able to play a leading role with added strength.
42. Trendon Watford (So. F, LSU)
13.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.7 apg
Watford looks to be ready for a huge sophomore season with most of the core returning. One of the top freshman from a year ago, Watford bring ball-handling and shooting to the four spot.
43. Seth Towns (Gr. F, Ohio State)
*17-18 at Harvard* 16.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.8 apg
Towns is two years removed from competitive play. Still, he was the Ivy Player of the Year for a reason. A high-IQ scorer that is a knockdown shooter, Towns will be an immediate impact player for the Buckeyes.
44. Cameron Krutwig (Sr. C, Loyola (IL))
15.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 4.2 apg
Krutwig might be the best passing big man in America. He has great feel as a passer and is an ideal high post player. With Final Four experience, Krutwig looks to build on what has been a historic career at Loyola.
45. Isaiah Joe (Sr. G, Arkansas)
16.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.7 apg
Scoring is in his nature. Joe is on a team full of transfers, but is positioned to be the top option from day one. He proved to be a high-volume weapon that can carry a load in the SEC.
46. MaCio Teague (Sr. G, Baylor)
13.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.9 apg
Teague fit in seamlessly at Baylor after transferring in last year. He has deep range as a shooter and defends both guard spots well. Teague’s ability to draw fouls adds to his scoring upside.
47. D’Mitrik Trice (Sr. G, Wisconsin)
9.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.2 apg
Trice is the most seasoned player for the Badgers with plenty of experience in big moments. The All-Big Ten selection has seen a lot of coverages and understands how to find great shots within the offense.
48. John Petty (Sr. G, Alabama)
14.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 44% 3PT
Petty has flirted with the NBA for a few years but is back for his final year at Bama. Shooting has always been his ticket, but Petty is more comfortable using his athleticism to get to the rim than ever.
49. Joshua Langford (Sr. G, Michigan State)
*In 18-19* 15.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.3 apg
Injuries have destroyed the last two years for Langford. I am hoping he is healthy because there are few players as lethal from the mid-range as him. He has also shot 40% from three every season in East Lansing. If fully healthy, this ranking may be too modest.
50. Zaire Williams (Fr. F, USC)
The lanky freshman has a fluid offensive game that will add layers to the Trojan offense. He will be a one-and-done, but gives an inexperienced USC backcourt a high-level talent for this season.
51. Carlik Jones (Gr. G, Louisville)
*At Radford* 20.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 5.5 apg
The top grad transfer on the market won’t need to score 20 points a game, but he is going to be a key part of Louisville’s success. Jones probes well and really makes the most of his scoring opportunities. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Jones lead the Cardinals in scoring.
52. Josh Christopher (Fr. G, Arizona State)
Christopher was the big get of the summer for the Sun Devils. A top-20 recruit that has electric scoring ability, Christopher should have an impact similar to Lu Dort a few years ago.
53. Matt Coleman (Sr. G, Texas)
12.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.4 apg
Coleman leads a balanced Texas team with his savvy and craftiness. The lefty guard can shoot behind screens or work his way to the paint where he has a nice floater.
54. Ron Harper Jr. (Jr. F, Rutgers)
12.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.0 apg
Harper Jr. is leading the resurgence at Rutgers. He is a physically imposing forward with that East Coast toughness and the ability to score inside and out.
55. Saben Lee (Jr. G, Vanderbilt)
18.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.2 apg
Vandy was hit with injuries last year, but Lee stepped into a starting role where he was dynamic. Always known as a great athlete, Lee improved his efficiencies as a penetrator and foul shooter.
56. Drew Timme (So. F, Gonzaga)
9.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.3 apg
The departure of Filip Petrusev opened the door for Timme to be the featured post piece. He was very productive with his touches as a freshman and will be an All-WCC player as a sophomore.
57. Colbey Ross (Sr. G, Pepperdine)
20.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 7.2 apg
Ross is a pick-and-roll master who creates at a high rate off of screens. The game moves slowly for him, reading and analyzing the defense to find the best shot. Ross is a star for Pepperdine.
58. Bryce Aiken (Gr. G, Seton Hall)
*At Harvard* 16.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.7 apg
The Harvard transfer hasn’t been 100 percent for a while. When healthy, Aiken is a jet quick playmaker that gets to the basket at will. Look for him to be around the 20 points a game he averaged two years ago.
59. Jacob Gilyard (Sr. G, Richmond)
12.7 ppg, 5.7 apg, 3.2 spg
A defensive irritant with great hands, Gilyard is a terrific on-ball defender. He makes up for lacking size with his energy and precision offensively. Richmond goes where Gilyard takes them.
60. Aaron Wiggins (Jr. G, Maryland)
10.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.4 apg
Even after winning Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year, it felt like Wiggins hadn’t realized his talent yet. With a prototypical body for a wing and a smooth jump shot, it’s only a matter of time before Wiggins is dominating in the Big Ten. The stage is set for this to be that time.
61. Jalen Pickett (Jr. G, Siena)
15.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 6.0 apg
Pickett does a little bit of everything for Siena, from shooting to defending to creating easy offense. He has good physical traits and is one of those guards that just knows how to play.
62. Derek Culver (Jr. F, West Virginia)
10.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.7 apg
A perfect complement for Oscar Tshiebwe, Culver is a great offensive rebounder that lives on the glass. He is able to play on either side of the high-low game, with good passing ability for a big.
63. Joel Ayayi (Jr. G, Gonzaga)
10.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.2 apg
Ayayi keeps getting better, becoming a regular in the rotation. His best skill is versatility, willing to star in whatever role he is given. The French native has the tools to be a lockdown defender.
64. Joey Hauser (So. F, Michigan State)
*18-19 at Marquette* 9.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.4 apg
Michigan State hit the lottery by adding Hauser to a team that struggled with consistency at the four spot. Hauser is a lights-out catch-and-shoot player and a heady passer. I would expect him to fit perfectly in Tom Izzo’s system.
65. Grayson Murphy (Jr. G, Belmont)
9.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 6.2 apg
Murphy is as unique of a point guard as you will find in America. He flirted with triple-doubles all season, grabbing rebounds an impressive rate. Murphy makes everything go offensively and is a ball hawk defensively (won OVC DPOY). One of the best you’ve never heard about.
66. Matt Bradley (Jr. G, California)
17.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 38.4% 3PT
He was a big recruit for Cal and lived up to the billing last season. Bradley is a powerful lefty wing that made nice strides as a long-range shooter.
67. CJ Fredrick (So. G, Iowa)
10.2 ppg, 2.8 apg, 46.1% 3PT
I am a big fan of the way Fredrick shoots the ball and his potential to develop into a consistent shot creator. He is more than a shooter, showing good burst off the dribble and solid passing feel. He will be an All-Big Ten player before his Iowa career is over.
68.Brady Manek (Sr. F, Oklahoma)
14.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 38.0% 3PT
Once you get past the hair and mustache, you can appreciate how tough of a matchup the 6-foot-9 stretch four is for defenses. Manek looks to build off of an All-Big 12 season.
69. Mark Vital (Sr. F, Baylor)
6.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.7 spg
Vital has been doubted every year, but he may be the closest thing college basketball has to Dennis Rodman. He can guard any position and battles bigs with five inches on him regularly.
70. Fatts Russell (Sr. G, Rhode Island)
18.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.6 apg
Russell has one of the best names around and a no-prisoners mentality that helps him at his size. There are few defenders who can stay in front of him and few ball-handlers who want to try to blow past him. He will be a first-team all-conference selection again.
71. Isaiah Jackson (Fr. F, Kentucky)
Jackson is a springy, agile forward that has immense potential. He is going to be the best frontcourt player at Kentucky but will need some added strength to maximize his ability.
72. David Johnson (So. G, Louisville)
6.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.8 apg
Johnson’s strengths revolve around his ability to play through contact on his drives to get paint touches. He is a legit 6-foot-5 guard that had a couple of eye-opening games as a freshman. The present and future is bright for Johnson.
73. Andrew Jones (Jr. G, Texas)
11.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.9 apg
Jones has one of the best stories in college sports after battling cancer. He is back to being an effective slasher and NBA prospect that should see more minutes after a full offseason to develop.
74. Mitch Ballock (Sr. G, Creighton)
11.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.1 apg
No Ty-Shon Alexander means Ballock becomes the likely second option. He has been wonderful as a shooter but is underrated as a playmaker and rebounder.
75. Justin Moore (So. G, Villanova)
11.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.9 apg
He walked onto campus as a freshman with the maturity of upperclassmen. Moore has a very professional approach and uncommon composure. He was a starter by year-end after showing he could space the floor, defend the backcourt, and put up points in a hurry.
76. Paul Scruggs (Sr. G, Xavier)
12.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.9 apg
Scruggs will be without Naji Marshall, so he will be a clear-cut leader. He will have his volume skyrocket and the numbers will reflect it. Scruggs has been a strong finisher and improved three-point shooter over the last few years. His first All-Big East season should follow.
77. Jayden Gardner (Jr. F, East Carolina)
19.7 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 2.2 apg
Gardner is a big, strong forward that shows a good ability to handle the ball to get to the basket. He is mostly an 18-feet and in scorer, looking to be a double-double weapon as a junior.
78. Quentin Grimes (Jr. G, Houston)
12.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.6 apg
The former Kansas recruit is finding his peace with the Cougars. I expect a huge year for Grimes using his added experience to his visible gifts as a skilled wing.
79. Sharife Cooper (Fr. G, Auburn)
Cooper is known for his flashy mixtapes, but he is a special playmaker and shooter. Auburn was hit hard by departures so the keys will be in his hands from the jump.
80. Jose Alvarado (Sr. G, Georgia Tech)
14.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.0 apg
Alvarado isn’t a top tier athlete or big guard, but he makes winning plays every game. With patience in the pick-and-roll, Alvarado knows how to play angles to create openings.
81. Devin Askew (Fr. G, Kentucky)
The point guard spot is locked in for Askew with no returning guards at Kentucky. He will play big minutes and learn on the run, using his speed and confidence to carry him. Askew plays with a sense of urgency and has the creativity to run a team of freshmen.
82. M.J. Walker (Sr. G, Florida State)
10.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.5 apg
Walker may be asked to play more point guard than he ever has in his career. More of a natural scorer, Walker is a very good transition finisher who can get to his pull-up regularly. Look for Walker to continue to improve.
83. John Fulkerson (Sr. F, Tennessee)
13.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.3 apg
Following an All-SEC season, Fulkerson’s toughness and activity separate him from his peers. He has a lot of tournament experience and projects as the top scorer for one of the tougher teams in the SEC.
84. Jermaine Samuels (Sr. F, Villanova)
10.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.0 apg
Samuels has been steady producer for Jay Wright over the last three years. He will again be a Swiss-Army knife for the Wildcats, bringing great positional size and versatility.
85. Adam Miller (Fr. G, Illinois)
Miller was a premier recruit that decided to stay home. He has the frame and explosiveness that jump off the screen. But it is his ability to get buckets from all over the court that will allow him to carve out a critical role on a top team.
86. Jay Huff (Sr. F, Virginia)
8.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.0 bpg
The rim-protecting, three-point shooting Virginia big man is back as the featured post player. Huff is going to be an ideal anchor for the pack line defense.
87. Buddy Boeheim (Jr. G, Syracuse)
15.3 ppg, 2.2 apg, 37.0% 3PT
Boeheim was one of the ACC’s most improved players, transforming from a shooter to a shot-maker. Buddy stays active off the ball to find space and understands when to attack closeouts and get into his pull-up. After hitting nearly 100 threes last year, Boeheim will lead the Cuse.
88. Will Richardson (Jr. G, Oregon)
11.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.3 apg
There will be a lot of uncertainty without Payton Pritchard. Thankfully, Richardson has been waiting in the wings and learning how to run the show. He shot a blistering 46.9 percent from three and has grown as a decision-maker.
89. Caleb Love (Fr. G, North Carolina)
Similar to Coby White and Cole Anthony before him, Love will quickly need to learn how to run the Heels. Love is a five-star point guard that has good physical traits and scoring instincts. He will be on the floor a lot for Roy Williams in his first year.
90. Isaiah Livers (Sr. F, Michigan)
12.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.1 apg
Livers battled injuries to end the year as the top scorer on the team. He has 50/40/90 potential that is aided by his 6-foot-7 size. Health permitting, Livers will light up the scoreboards for Michigan.
91. Davion Mitchell (Jr. G, Baylor)
9.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.8 apg
Mitchell acts as a facilitator and lockdown defender for the Bears. The former Auburn Tiger was an immediate contributor playing in transition as a drive-and-kick playmaker. He has the same surrounding pieces to build off of this season.
92. Jeremy Roach (Fr. G, Duke)
The lightning-quick freshman guard dealt with some injuries in high school, but he should be good to go this year. He is a fierce competitor who should bring a different tempo to the game.
93. James Bouknight (So. G, UCONN)
13.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.3 apg
I expect Bouknight to have a breakout sophomore season after a very solid freshman year. His athleticism is different, allowing him to live in passing lanes and sky for finishes in transition.
94. Caleb Mills (So. G, Houston)
13.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 36.5% 3pt
One of the best sixth men from a year ago, Mills will start after earning all-conference honors as a sparkplug off the bench. He is a microwave scorer that averaged 23.4 points per 40 minutes.
95. Loudon Love (Sr. F, Wright State)
15.9 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.5 bpg
There is a lot to love about the Horizon Player of the Year. Love is a low post nightmare that carves out space for offensive rebounders. He should demand double teams this season.
96. DJ Steward (Fr. G, Duke)
From a pure talent perspective, Steward is among the top of the ACC guards. He is a slippery scorer that can hit runners, pull-ups, or long-range stepbacks. He will rotate in the backcourt at Duke and should be a starter by year-end.
97. Neemias Queta (Jr. C, Utah State)
13.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.7 bpg
Health is the only thing that will justify Queta being ranked this low. He was working his way back last year and still caused problems for opponents. Defense is his staple, but Queta will welcome being the go-to scorer at Utah State.
98. Austin Reaves (Sr. G, Oklahoma)
14.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.0 apg
The Wichita State transfer was a big addition to Oklahoma a year ago. Reaves was labeled as a shooter earlier in his career but was the top perimeter weapon in a multitude of areas.
99. Kellan Grady (Sr. G, Davidson)
17.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.5 apg
Grady hasn’t fully taken that next step into the national conversation, though he has been excellent for Davidson since he was a freshman. He is a complete scorer on the move, working well off screens.
100. David McCormack (Jr. C, Kansas)
6.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.4 bpg
Kansas has looked to the post for production for years. McCormack looks to be next in line to man the middle where he has the strength and post skill to do work.